White Embroidered Muslin Wedding Dress, England.
High waist, low straight neckline, short sleeves, long curved train. Muslin embroidered with cotton, probably in India.
Worn by Mary Dalton Norcliffe, daughter of Yorkshire landowner Thomas Dalton Norcliffe and Anne of Langton Hall, for her marriage to Dr. Charles Best at Saint Michael-Le-Belfry, York on June 11th, 1807.
Bodice and sleeves are lined with linen, high waist, apron front closure, side panels of linen lining in bodice extend into strips which are fastened with a pin across the chest. Embroidery is chain stitch with border of zig-zags enclosing flowerheads, scrolling leaves and berries on inside, two patterns divided by line of whitework which incorporates pulled threadwork. Pair of leaf shapes at hem of centre panel, possibly to mark the centre so that the decoration would lie correctly.
White muslin wedding dresses were particularly fashionable from 1790-1810, helping to establish white as the most appropriate choice for well-to-do young women marrying for the first time. Mary was worn by a seventeen year old bride and Dr. Best was working as an Assistant Physician to Dr. Alexander Hunter at York Asylum.
The cut and construction were common but the asymmetrical embroidery reflects the drapery of a toga and the interest in classical antiquity. In May 1808 The Lady’s Monthly Museum featured a formal dress, also made of muslin embroidered with cotton, with a similar decorative feature, suggesting that the decoration of the wedding dress was very up-to-date.
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